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Long after he has helped them, the teenagers and the elder adults who want to take their lives tend to linger in the mind of Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Rene Gonzalez.
After he’s able to link them to services, the 10-year veteran of the department rarely sees them again. Yet, he often wonders what happens to them.
“I wanted something different,” Gonzalez said of why he asked to be moved from patrol to the LASD’s Mental Evaluation Team. “It’s very different. I’m different because of it. I want to help people, but we can only do so much.”